Copeland is relishing clash with his former teammates
Robin Copeland will be aiming to put one over his former teammates on Saturday as Cardiff Blues take on Leinster at the RDS.
The Wexford back-five forward came through the ranks at Leinster and supported the province as a youngster.
But after enjoying stints at Plymouth Albion and Rotherham Titans in English Championship, Copeland joined Cardiff in the summer and he is relishing his return to Dublin.
"It's a game I've obviously been looking forward to for a couple of months. I supported Leinster when I was younger, lived in Dublin for four years and still have a lot of friends there," said Copeland
"I've played with Sean O'Brien, Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, who was also my next-door neighbour, and the likes of Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin O'Malley I played with at age-group level.
"So it will be good to play against them in front of my friends and family."
The last time the Celtic capital city rivals clashed was in last year's Heineken cup quarter-finals as Leinster cruised to a 34-3 victory.
Copeland was a spectator in the Aviva Stadium crowd for the April encounter and while he is well aware of the strengths of Leinster he reckons the Blues can gain revenge.
"I don't think there's a better opportunity to go there and get a result. Leinster are not playing as well as they want so we have to go out early, get that doubt in their heads and push on for the result," added Copeland
"That Heineken Cup game hasn't been mentioned. There are different coaches and a lot of different players here now. It's completely different set of circumstances."
Eight Cardiff players have been selected in Wales' squad for the autumn internationals but all bar Harry Robinson are available for the RDS clash.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
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Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.